^
Keep Westword Free
4

Wake-Up Call: A week of goodbyes

I'm looking out my back window over the Platte Valley, across the highway and the river and the railyards to Union Station, and thinking that I'll never see the Ski Train pull up again. After close to seventy years, the last twenty of them under owner Phil Anschutz, the train has jumped track, the equipment sold to Canada, leaving behind just a memory. Many memories.

I'm looking at the newspapers spread out on my kitchen table in front of the window, right beside the computer that's helping hasten their demise. If the course of history ran smoothly, there would be a copy of the Rocky Mountain News among them, the first edition of the paper's 151st year. But the News folded seven weeks shy of its 150th birthday on April 23.

Like the Ski Train, it reached the end of the line long before we were ready to see it go.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.